A feral cat story.
I'm new to the site and I wanted to tell somebody about my wonderful cat.
8 months ago (give or take), I returned home from work and as I exited my car I heard a cat meowing. I thought nothing of it and retrieved my belongings from the car. When I turned around there was a very vocal cat slowly walking my way. I squatted down and called for it to come to me and, to my surprise, it did (albeit cautiously).
I left the cat sitting by the car and went into the house. I told my girlfriend there was a strange, friendly cat outside and she immediately went to the refrigerator and got a piece of cheese to feed our visitor. We approached the cat again and it accepted our cheese offering.
At the time, I knew absolutely nothing about feral cats and assumed that this one was merely a stray. I found out later that this one was a TNR. I thought the missing piece of his ear was just something that happened to him on the streets, due to fighting or the elements, and we assumed that it was a female, as we couldn't see any testes.
Needless to say, this cat kept coming around and we kept feeding him. Eventually, we started letting him inside the house for short visits, which got longer and longer.
Now, Sandy (the name my girlfriend picked) is a permanent fixture in our home. After doing some research we came to realize how rare and special this cat really is. From what I've read, socializing a feral is not easy, but for us it was a realtively simple procedure. We just showed him some love, and that's what we got back.
Sandy absolutely loves to roll over and get his belly scratched, which is amazing considering that he was doing this just days after we started spending time with him. He has never once scratched, bit or hissed at me or my girlfriend and he is not at all skiddish around strangers. ****, he even gets along with our rabbit. He's now a fat and happy housecat and purrs like a lawnmower 24/7. I don't know if he had previous positive contact with humans or just generally has a good, easy going disposition or something of each, but every time he jumps up in my lap I'm glad he picked us. He's truly the best cat I have ever had.
If I could just get him to drink water from his dish instead of the toilet....